Wales won their first match in this season’s RBS Six Nations championship in the most dramatic fashion, finishing 31-24 winners in Cardiff.
Wales produced an incredible second-half comeback to beat Scotland in a thrilling Six Nations match. Wing wizard Shane Williams scored in injury-time to pull off an amazing fight-back by Warren Gatland’s men.
Trailing 24-14 with just three minutes of normal time remaining, Wales roared back for a morale-boosting win in Cardiff. Lee Byrne, Leigh Halfpenny and Williams crossed as Wales sealed their first championship win of the season.
John Barclay strolled over for the opener after bumping off the weak tackles of Gareth Cooper and James Hook. Chris Paterson, on his 100th cap, converted for his 35th successive kick in the Six Nations and then the Scots added a second try.
Fly-half Dan Parks spotted Byrne out of position and his excellent grubber kick through allowed replacement Max Evans to touch down in the left corner. Paterson left the field with a shoulder injury but Scotland held 18-9 advantage at the break.
Parks added a further penalty three minutes after the re-start before Wales hit back.
Williams’ mazy run against the field created space and Byrne had the simple task of crossing in the right corner.
Stephen Jones, who booted three penalties in a below-par performance from the hosts, missed the touchline conversion and Parks nudged Scotland further clear with a second drop goal.
But Wales refused to gave up and when the visitors saw Scott Lawson sin-binned for killing the ball, the home side took advantage in a grandstand finish. Halfpenny strolled over for a converted try with three minutes of normal time remaining.
Scotland pressed the self-destruct button when Phil Godman committed a professional foul on Byrne. Jones’ penalty from in front of the posts levelled the scores and with the final play of the match, Williams dived under the posts to spark wild celebrations for Wales.